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Focus on CCUS stakeholder committees gets under way in promising regions

Scientists from STRATEGY CCUS are exploring the role of stakeholder committees in eight European industrial regions identified as promising for carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) development.

Previous attempts to deliver carbon capture and storage (CCS) in Europe have met with issues relating to social acceptance, despite the technology’s necessary part in global climate action, resulting in a slowing down of efforts to deliver it.

As part of STRATEGY CCUS’s focus on stakeholder engagement, members of the project consortium are in dialogue with key stakeholders in the promising regions to find out more about general attitudes to CCUS development and conditions required to make progress.  

In the months ahead, more than 100 interviews will be carried out with regional, national and European stakeholders, who will have the opportunity to gain important information and express their concerns and views.

The aim of this work is to learn and attempt to address the varying needs and concerns of all relevant groups in the early stages of CCUS development, providing essential guidance for CCUS developers and policymakers.

Elisabeth Dütschke, from Fraunhofer ISI (Germany), which is leading the project’s work package 3 on stakeholder engagement, said: “To learn which stakeholders are relevant in the implementation process of CCUS technology, Fraunhofer ISI and our co-leader on work package 3, CIEMAT, mapped relevant stakeholder groups during summer 2019. This showed that stakeholders could be subdivided into different groups, namely, politics and policies, research and education, supply, demand, support organisations and influencers. Geographically, they are distinguishable at European, national, regional, and local level, and in some countries the CCUS-related stakeholder density is higher than in others.

“We also conducted a comprehensive literature analysis for CCS and carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) applications. This showed, for instance, that awareness of CCS and CCU technologies in the broader public continues to be rather limited and that acceptance levels are found to be moderate on average.

“Regarding local acceptance, our review showed that social acceptance is also influenced by the source of CO2. Hence, it is more likely that CCUS applications will be supported which capture CO2 from industry applications than from fossil fuel power plants.”

The stakeholder mapping report can be found here.